Ex-Portsmouth player Adam Webster knows just how dangerous underdogs are in the FA Cup
Ipswich Town defender Adam Webster knows just how dangerous underdog visitors Lincoln City will be in the FA Cup third round tomorrow.
Webster came to the Blues’ attention this time last year when starring for League Two side Portsmouth in their FA Cup third round 2-2 draw at Portman Road.
Pompey played with carefree abandon in Suffolk and were unfortunate not win against an experienced Town side. The south coast outfit then sealed progress to the fourth round with a 2-1 win in the replay against an Ipswich team packed with kids and fringe players.
While Town’s stuttering Championship season continued with a 2-1 loss at QPR on Monday, Lincoln are top of the National League table and will have 5,000 fans in a crowd of around 12,000.
Webster said: “It will be a difficult game because Lincoln are doing well in their league.
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“It will be more excitement than nerves for them. If you’re the lower league side there is literally no pressure on you because no-one expects you to win. That’s what they’ll be feeling.”
Reflecting on Portsmouth’s two games against Ipswich last season, the 22-year-old said: “The build-up was actually quite relaxed. The gaffer said it would be nice to progress and get a big tie, but he wasn’t that worried if we lost because it helps with the backlog of games. Winning was just a bonus.
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“For that reason the shackles were off. There wasn’t any pressure. The manager just told us to go and play and that’s what we did. And that’s probably the way Lincoln will be looking at it.
“The FA Cup third round is a good chance for lower league players to show what they can do against better opposition. The players from Lincoln will no doubt be thinking that. They’ll be up for it and it will be like a Cup Final for them.
“We want to get through too though. It’s the FA Cup – a great competition. Progress and you never know who you might get in the next round. It’s great for the fans and as players we love it just as much.”
Having had a loan spell in the National League with Aldershot in 2013/14, Webster added: “There are some very good players at that level. There are no mugs.
“We are professionals though and will treat it like another game. As long as we out-run them and work harder than them, which we try to do in every game, then the quality should shine through.
“There are plenty of positives to take from our last two performances and a win could definitely help our league form.”